Standing proudly over the City’s oceanside central plaza, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the famous crown is the focal point of the Vallarta skyline. It is a symbol of Puerto Vallarta known throughout the world. It is also the Corozón, the beating heart, of the annual celebration of the Patron Saint of México. The Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe fills the streets with families, food and joy!
The architecture of the Cathedral embraces an eclectic combination of styles On the hour you can hear the magnificent sounds of the Church bells ringing from the tower. Upon entering the Church, you are struck by its splendid simplicity and the air of calm that it bestows on visitors. The plain, white-washed walls are dramatically embellished with richly detailed moldings. On a sunny day – which is most of the time in Vallarta – the sunlight shines through stained glass windows to illuminate the gilt-trimmed altar with a warm glow. During the Christmas Holidays, the Church’s hand-carved columns are adorned with festive wreaths. No matter what your heritage, the solemn beauty of Our Lady of Guadalupe will touch you in a special way.
Construction of the Church started in 1903 around a small chapel that was already there. In 1915 the decision to build a larger church was made. Due to many intervening issues, including a war that stopped the building for a time, the main tower was not completed until 1952. The original church crown wasn’t installed until 1963.
Rumor has it that the crown is a replica of the tiara worn by Carlota, the mistress of Emperor Maxamilian, but she’s not telling!